Boomkat Product Review:
Casey MQ hits square between the eyes of How To Dress Well, PC Music and SOPHIE with their debut album on Toronto’s Halocline Trance. Shatterproof but tremulous vocals examine a sense of identity against a pop-tart set of self-productions by the artist, and beats from the artist known as Egyptrixx
““Watching old tapes of myself, I realize much of my childhood world was a multi-faceted obsession with boybands. Before even knowing about sexuality, I was seduced by their guise of desirability: a 5 men crew with subtle homoerotic tendencies singing about wanting ‘the girl’ and basking in the surrounding fandom. These images pervaded my childhood and plagued me with confused desire. I was enriched and enchanted by that world - I wanted every piece of it, I wanted to be a part of it. When I watch videos of my childhood, I can sense the purity of a child living his dream in real time. babycasey is playing alone: filming the band, introducing the band, performing as the band; he is every member, and the host, and the crowd. I can see babycasey engrossed by these figures. I wanted them and I wanted to be them, but hetero-normative expecations designate these as mutually exclusive possibilities. And so I attempted to give up my desire and become the desirable. I became a singer as a child because I loved it, and yet still, praise from the outside world came coated with normative, traditional values: ‘Sing like this and you will get all the girls.’ Success meant extinguishing a woman’s agency. It meant that desirability could only be validated through a hetero-normative gaze. Performance became my vehicle for success and my path towards an aspirationalist dream: be a star and be valued for beauty, sex and power. ‘Make some noise’ - be a force so powerful as to command young minds. It’s a deceit, and yet a child can be entranced. The melodies, the dancing, the images - pain and pleasure permeating within babycasey’s imagination."